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Blacklisted / Verse / The Carrier: live in New Yorklive in New York (2008)
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: InaGreendaseBrian
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Having missed locals Probable Cause and Reclaim the Crown (unassuming acts I've previously witnessed), the Carrier was just getting into the swing of things as we walked into the Knitting Factory's Tap Bar area. I'll be honest: I found this band's demo promising, but I was shocked when I learned of .
Having missed locals Probable Cause and Reclaim the Crown (unassuming acts I've previously witnessed), the Carrier was just getting into the swing of things as we walked into the Knitting Factory's Tap Bar area. I'll be honest: I found this band's demo promising, but I was shocked when I learned of Deathwish, Inc. inking them. However, they put on an impressive, intense performance here and garnered a hell of a reaction, with a number of kids gatering up front and shouting back lyrics. Perhaps it's fully warranted; granted, I haven't yet heard their full-length, One Year Later, released this past Christmas Day by Rock Vegas. They already have a followup 7", No Love Can Save Me, planned for release on Deathwish, which they played a song or two from. It's not a major change -- just more of their well-crafted, midtempo metallic hardcore in the tradition of Shai Hulud. Some awful thug mosh was stirring, but the band sounded great and the set was enjoyable.
However, the meatheads reigned here supremely; the Tap Bar became a rec room of crowdpunches, confrontational cartwheels and "moshing on the edge," eventually culminating in a legit fight in the midst of "Eye for an Eye," which the band paused to allow a "resolving" of sorts. This has sort of become the Christian right of hardcore: Lots of sensible hardcore fans decry the sort of behavior, but it's so united and volatile that it seemingly can't be stopped. Is legitimately liking the music a dying trait?
But Blacklisted still played quite well, and while they couldn't quite capture the experimental flourishes of their new album, Heavier Than Heaven, Lonelier Than God (actually released that very day), the songs translated admirably. Hirsch's desperate declaration of "I just want to love myself" felt like it hit new depths of emotional revealableness with him standing in front of you and looking so vulnerable. And as expected, "Memory Layne" was fantastic; the speeding up of its first half makes it even more compelling and dynamic.
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